BRISTOL, Va. (WJHL) — Officials unveiled a new exhibit at the Birthplace of Country Music Museum on Tuesday featuring the guitar belonging to the iconic father of country music Jimmie Rodgers.
The new addition to the museum will only be on view through March 2023 from the second floor, according to a press release from the birthplace of country music.
Known as the Blue Yodel, the instrument was Rodgers’ custom-ordered Martin 000-45 guitar.
“We are thrilled to have the opportunity to share the ‘Blue Yodel’ with our community,” said Chief Curator Dr. Rene Rodgers. “He resided at the Jimmie Rodgers Museum in Meridian, Mississippi, and he came to Bristol for this temporary exhibit through the generosity of Jimmy Rodgers’ family.
“Having the guitar on display means a lot and deepens the impact of the museum’s narrative of the 1927 Bristol Sessions.”
The museum continues to work on public programming that will delve into Rodgers’ life and his early recordings on the 1927 Bristol Sessions.
“Jimmie Rodgers is the ‘Father of Country Music,’ but his legacy extends far beyond that,” said Thomas Ripsam, current CEO of CF Martin & Co. “He has inspired generations of musicians across many genres. with his playing, songwriting and showmanship, we are proud that a Martin 000-45 is a big part of that legacy.
The museum is located at 101 Country Music Way in Bristol, Virginia and is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.